Dec. 18 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The colder weather in Rim Country clearly has impacted the fishing. Many anglers reported a slow bite on the clear days following the recent rain and snow storms. The water temperature continues to fall in Roosevelt Lake and is now in the high 50s degrees during the warmest time of the day. In addition, the flows into the lake have returned to normal levels for this time of year for both the Salt River and Tonto Creek.

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Dec. 22 report from Warren Risberg:

Hello, anglers: Happy Holidays!

As a full time guide exclusively at Lake Pleasant I have fished December alone every other day, just about averaging 14 days thus far for this month. I can tell you from experience you do not need anything fancy to catch striped bass, channel cats, carp, flatheads and white bass other than frozen cut anchovies!

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ROOSEVELT LAKE - Good morning Rim Country Anglers,

Perfect fishing conditions were in place for Roosevelt Lake this past week. The water level rose to 48 percent full and the temperatures were in the low to mid 60s in the backs of coves. Bass are spawning in big numbers while others remain in a pre-spawn stage.

Added this week is the post-spawn fishing pattern. Spawning bass guard beds rather than feed, so as soon as the spawn ends, those bass begin to feed heavily to recover from the spawning activity. All bass reported caught this past week were in 20 feet or less of water depth and the main points that lead to spawning areas were hot spots this past week.

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BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,767 feet, 60 % full.

The lake elevation has dropped two feet during the past week. The surface water temperature last week was around 52 degrees.

The winter fishing tactics remain: fish slowly. Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said that for winter fishing, fishing is decent.

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ROOSEVELT LAKE – (2,094 feet, 42-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with a Jan. 19 report:

Rim Country Fishing Report Jan.17, 2015

Good morning Rim Country Anglers. The water flow into Roosevelt Lake increased significantly this past week due the rains earlier in the week. The Tonto Creek is flowing at 300 percent of its normal rate while the Salt River is flowing at 120 percent. The water level of the lake remained at 42 percent full but the water surface temperatures continued to fall and are in the low 50s.

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LAKE PLEASANT – (1,689 feet, 85-percent full): As is usual this time of year, the water level is constantly rising as water from the Central Arizona Project is pumped into the lake for later irrigation and domestic use.

Avid angler Barry W. reported that striper action has been great. He reported: “Maybe with the temps warming up this has caused the fish to be a little more aggressive. A friend and I fished from 2 p.m. to sunset.

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